Updates & uplifting tales
Foster parents needed
We are looking for foster parents to care for the following types of pets:
- Large breed dogs
- Adult cats
- Behavior cases
When you become a foster parent you can help pets like Walt.
Walt, a 2-year-old Siberian husky, arrived at the shelter limping and in pain, with abrasions and wounds on his hind legs, the result of being hit by a car. His back leg was swollen and bleeding, and he had a dislocated hip. Our veterinarians treated his wound, amputated part of his tail that was severely injured and neutered him.
Walt was sent to a foster home to recover, then returned to the shelter a week later for a second surgery, this one to remove the ball joint of his hip so it could be properly aligned, with the muscles working to hold the bone in the socket. Walt returned to his foster home, where his foster mom doted on him, encouraging him to use his repaired leg.
However, when she brought him back to the shelter for a check-up, our veterinarians determined that his leg was not healing properly to allow him to regain its full use, and that the best course was to amputate it. Fortunately, dogs typically heal quickly after such surgeries. Walt will now return to his foster home for a week-long recovery, at which point he’ll be ready to find his forever home.
Ready to become a foster parent?
- Complete the application
- Attend an orientation
- Attend Foster 101
- Have a home inspection
- Attend ongoing classes on caring for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs, and access our behavior counselors whenever you need them